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Arrowhead Stadium Possibly to Blame for Chiefs' Drop Issues

One surprising factor may be the cause of Kansas City's struggles

The Chiefs lead the NFL in dropped passes this year
The Chiefs lead the NFL in dropped passes this year / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas City's issues at wide receiver have been the story of the season and there's one under-the-radar factor that could be to blame.

From Kadarius Toney's five drops in Week 1 to Marquez Valdes-Scantling's poetic drop to help lose against the Eagles on Monday Night Football, Chiefs' receivers have struggled to catch passes.

Those struggles seem amplified this year, though Kansas City has an unusual number of primetime night games at home. As it turns out, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium could be the culprit.

Shocking Stat Blames Arrowhead Stadium for Chiefs' Drops

In a fascinating, unique piece of research, receivers in general drop passes during night games at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium at an alarmingly high rate.

Notably, it's the biggest change in drop rate between day and night games of any stadium in the NFL. I don't know why receivers are dropping passes at such a discernable rate, but it's significant nonetheless.

Drops crushed the Chiefs in home night games against both the Lions and Eagles, while the receivers struggled against the Broncos as well.

The Chiefs do not have a regular season night game at home for the remainder of the year, though we'll see what the playoff schedule looks like.

For now, perhaps we're all being a bit too harsh on Kansas City's receivers.


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